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defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator levin doesn't like partisan food fights. and so an aide said that they would not be surprised if levin do
terrorism advisor, john brennan. the senate confirmation hearing is set to get underway tomorrow. at least one democrat said he will ask brennan about the justice department document. part of the lawmakers efforts to, quote, pull out all the stops. that memo first aired by nbc news gives the united states the okay to kill certain american citizens abroad. let me say that again. it gives the united states the authority to kill certain american citizens overseas if they're believed to be senior members of al-qaeda and if capturing the suspects is not an option. no lawyer, no charges, no nothing. catherine herridge is in washington. so how is the white house responding today? >> reporter: well, a short time ago white house spokesman jay carney rejected the controversial program of killing americans would somehow general jeopardize the confirmation of john brennan to head the cia. the white house much sized his vast experience in what they call his significant perspective on the war against al-qaeda. >> to the president believes that the senate should and will confirm john brennan expeditiousl
of this could come to a head on thursday for john brennan. eight democratic and three republican senators have written to president obama asking for the legal opinions authorizing the killing of americans. joining me now, national investigative correspondent michael isacoff. i saw your report and the reaction to the report. is it really surprising at this point? >> well, i think it's not that surprising, mainly because the administration has been so resistant to releasing any of the memos that explain its legal reasoning behind these drone strikes and in particular the drone strikes targeting american citizens. members of congress have asked to see copies. "the new york times" went to court and sued under the freedom of information act to obtain copies. and the administration has completely shut those requests down saying these memos are classified. if they exist and they're not going to discuss or release anything. so that has sort of built pressure up for the administration to show its cards. these are very consequential policies. we are here talking about american citizens who have constitu
reduction package last year. >> nancy cordes, thanks. >>> john brennan is said to make his case on capitol hill but a leaked memo will complicate tomorrow's hearing. it spells out the case for killing americans linked to terrorism. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: charlie, good morning. the unclassified memo was written by the justice department and sent to some members of congress last summer. it was never intended to be sent to the public, but it was leaked. brennan is the architect of the drone program and now the leak has the white house on the defensive. administration officials argued forcefully tuesday that the targeted killing of terrorists who are american citizens often by drone strikes is acceptable policy in the battle to keep america safe. >> these strikes are legal, ethical, and wise. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there is an imminent threat and when we're confident it's doing so that's consistent with international law. >> they give wild latitude. the memo reads it does not require clear evidence that a specific attack will ta
john pwrepb tpher -- brennan head of the c.i.a. administration. >>steve: if george bush was president and he had a program like this, democrats would be calling for george bush's impeachment. this would be a giant story every day in "the new york times." instead what you hear on the other side, crickets. there was a letter that came out yesterday. 11 senators wrote a letter to the president -- eight democrats and three republicans -- asking for questions. which is interesting, when you go back to 2007, there were 144 democrats who sent a letter to president bush to close gitmo over the torture. the hypocrisy is stunning. >>gretchen: they did come up at the press conference, jay carney, there were several reporters calling out the hypocrisy. at least they were asking questions about this issue. he had the same -- it's almost like he was reading a legal answer, because he read the same quote several times to the same question almost as if they parsed the words to make sure. because the aclu, quite frankly, is suing the government right now. the aclu usually agrees with this administrati
challenges. >> hala. >> john brennan nominated to head the cia, his confirmation hearings are this week, that is certain to come up. >>> a legend on the slopes airlifted to a hospital after a dangerous crash. we'll get the latest on lindsey vonn's skiing accident, next. jenna shared her recipe with sharon, who emailed it to emily, who sent it to cindy, who wondered why her soup wasn't quite the same. the recipe's not the recipe... ohhh. [ female announcer ] ...without swanson. the broth cooks trust most when making soup. mmmm! [ female announcer ] the secret is swanson. hey hun, remember you only need a few sheets. hmph! [ female announcer ] charmin ultra soft is made with extra cushions that are soft and more absorbent. plus you can use four times less. charmin ultra soft. >>> in austria today, american skiing sensation lindsey vonn airlifted to the hospital after a crash on the slopes. a hospital says vonn suffered a complex knee injury on opening day of the super g event al the alpine ski world championships. christina mcfarland, host of alpine edge. tell us, first of all, do we know
to the big three money headlines, stock surge, overdrive and superspenders, joining me is morgan brennan. let's talk about stocks surged yesterday. how much did they surge? will it continue? >> hopefully. analysts expect we'll see history repeat itself. some double-digit percentage increases this year. month of january, a very strong start. the dow up 6% and that is the best monthly gain that we've seen since 1994. s & p 500 up 5%, best monthly gain since 1997. nasdaq 4%. fingers crossed, may not have a long winter. hopefully a good stock market too. >> what about car sales? >> this goes back to the stock market. people are feeling pretty bullish about buying new vehicles, this month we saw in january i should say, 14% increase in vehicle sales, about a million cars were sold. i think the really interesting story here is actually we're seeing a big increase in pickup truck demand, very closely tied to construction. as we see more homes get beuilt we'll see more puickup trucks sold. >> what about the super bowl? will it bring in big money? >> about $12 million. national retail federation expec
the cia john brennan, testifies at his confirmation hearings later this week. timing matters. chief intelligence correspondent herridge shirge is live in washington with more on this. >> reporter: this is clash between executive powers and congressional oversight. at center of this is the assertion by the obama white house it has the right to target american citizens for death without judicial review. and while saying they respect presidential authority in this letter from nine democrats and three republicans, they are asking the white house to release the documents. the reason in part, it is vitally important for congress and the american public to have a full understanding how the executive branch interprets the limits and boundaries of this authority so that congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. the letter also warns that the failure to cooperate is likely to stall or even place a hold on the confirmation of white house counterterrorism advisor john brennan to t
tomorrow. john brennan has been running the drone program and he and the administration have faced tough questions about the legal rationale for using drones to target americans overseas. >>> coming up, a gore may market in georgetown shut down. we'll tell you what health inspectors found, a man speaks out about his father, who lost his life trying to protect students front gunman on the alabama school bus. >> >>> popular gourmet market in georgetown shut down until further notice. the d.c. health department closed it because of a problem. >>> the man who opened fire last year, could spend more than ten years in jail. 28-year-old floyd corkins pleaded guilty today. he shot a security guard last august inside the downtown headquarters of the group. the guard was wounded. but he wrestled the gone way anyhow. corkins was carrying chick-fil-a sandwich sandwiches. he planned to smear the sandwiches in the faces of his victims. sentenced in april. >>> tonight, the son of the school bus driver who was shot and killed during a kidnapping says, he has forgiven his father's killer. 66-year-old cha
it was part of his deficit reduction package last year. >> nancy cordes thanks. john brennan is said to make his case on capitol hill to become cia director. leaked memo spells out the link for americans being killed because of terrorism. >> reporter: good morning and good morning out west. that unclassified memo was written by the justice department sent to some members of congress last summer, never intended to be made public but it leaked this week. most likely because the senate is holding hearings tomorrow on the nomination of john brennan to head the cia. he's the architect of the program, and the leak now has the white house on the defensive. administration officials argued forcefully tuesday the targeted killing of terrorists who are american citizens often by drone strikes is acceptable policy in the battle to keep america safe. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there is an eminent threat when capture is not feasible and when we are confident we're doing so in a way that's consistent wi
. "outfront," michael waldman president of the brennan center from nyu school of law, and michael medved, conservative commentator for salem radio. great to see both of you. michael waldman, you're both michael so i have to do first and last names. great to see both of you. the president asking for a smaller package because a bigger deal can't get done. how is this moving the ball forward? there's blame to go on both sides here but it is pathetic. >> i think he probably would say that it's better to kick the can down the road than to kick the economy off the cliff. this is kind of a self-inflicted answer to a concocted crisis. the threat to default on the debt a few years ago to try to force a budget deal, and then oh, we're going to put these automatic cuts in, they're going to be so terrible that that will force our hand, and now the political market and everybody else is kind of priced in already the nonsense. so i think as an economic matter, it would be really bad to have this austerity go in effect right now but it's not a permanent solution, it's not a way to run a railroad or a g
hearing for john brennan. president obama's nominee for cia director. >>> police in texas releasing a tape of the 911 call that led to an arrest in the murder of decorated navy s.e.a.l. sniper chris kyle. the chilling call coming from the sister of suspect eddie ray routh just after the shooting. >> yes, listen, my brother just came by here. i was at [ bleep ] street. he's now left. but he told me that he's committed a murder. >> okay. hold on. >> and i'm terrified for my life. >> okay. hold on. >> because i don't know if he's going to come back here. >>> the boy scouts of america delaying today's vote on lifting its ban on gay members and leaders until may. last month the boy scouts announced they'd consider changing their rules. today the executive board said it needs more time to deliberate the policies. >>> and after weeks of suspense the makers of monopoly revealing its newest game piece is a cat. the game's fans chose it over other options like a robot and a diamond ring. to make room voters decided that that sweet little iron, well, it's got to go. >>> and it's the end of an era for
program. this comes on the eve of the nomination of john brennan. >>> police in texas releasing a tape of the 911 call that led to the arrest in the murder of decorated navy s.e.a.l. sniper chris kyle. the chilling call coming from the sister of eddie ray routh after the shooting. >> my brother came by here, i was -- [ bleep ] he told me he's committed a murder. >> hold on -- >> i'm terrified for my life. i don't know if he's going to come back here. >>> the boy scouts of america, delaying today's vote on lifting its ban on gay members and leaders until may. last month the boy scouts announced they were considering changing their rules. today the executive board said it needs more time to deliver the policies. >>> after weeks of suspense, the makers of monopoly revealing its newest game piece, the cat. the games fans chose it over other options like a robot and diamond ring. to make room, voters decided that sweet little iron has got to go. it's the end of an era for the postal service come august. it will stop saturday pickup and delivery. the move is expected to save $2 billion a yea
, is doing something bad and hasn't renounced that. >> reporter: the leak is well timed. john brennan goes before the senate for confirmation as cia director on thursday, where he's expected to face tough questions about the targeted killings. as one of the chief architects of the controversial obama program, he's defended the program in the past. >> we conduct targeted strikes, because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat, to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> now, a bipartisan group of senators led by democrats wants to see a classified version of this document. there is a classified legal opinion, they believe there's more information in there they want to review. they say if they do not get it, some of the nominations for national security officials, perhaps even brennan's, maybe held up in the senate. wolf? >> all right, barbara, thank you. later this hour, we'll have a major debate on the president's policies on these drones' so-called kill list, including the killing of americans. that's coming up later this hour. kate balduan is he
operatives may lawfully be killed, even if there's no evidence of an imminent threat. meanwhile, john brennan, the president's nominee for cia director, will face tough questions about that memo in his confirmation hearing tomorrow. >>> and computer hackers have struck the federal reserve. the hacker group, anonymous, claims to have stolen data belongs to some 4,000 bankers. the fed spokeswoman tells "the wall street journal," no critical operations have been affected. >>> and it's being called the largest credit card fraud in history. authorities arrested 18 people based in new jersey, accused of stealing some $200 million after creating thousands of fake i.d.s, with stolen social security numbers. using those fake i.d.s to obtain cards, the suspects allegedly wired money to seven countries, including pakistan and china. >>> and abc news has learned that lance armstrong is the target of an active criminal investigation. federal agents are looking into possible obstruction of justice and witness tampering charges. today is the deadline for him to come clean, under oath, to anti-doping authori
and is expected to target john brennan during his cia confirmation hearings, beginning tomorrow. president obama on tuesday urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: if you think of it as a t-bone stake, the sequester is like a butcher's knife, lobbing off a big piece. republicans want to avoid the cuts but dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. the white house has made other news this week, saying the president will head to israel for the first time for the first time since taking office this spring, savannah. he is scheduled to arrive there, but the white house won't confirm the exact date. >>> chuck todd joins us now. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. >> we have known for a while the u.s. government has authorized strikes against american citizens believed to be al qaeda leaders. what we learn in this memo is the legal justification for that. some are concerned about how expansive the power is that the admi
headlines. stocks surge, overdrive, and super spenders. joining me now forbes staff writer morgan brennan. we talked about the stock surge yesterday. kind of good news. how much and will it continue? >> we've seen a really good start to the year for stocks. on friday we saw the dow up. it actually vaulted over the 14,000 mark. first time we've seen that in about five years. it comes after a really strong january for all of the indexes. we actually saw both the dow and s & p 500 having the strongest starts that they've had to the year since the 1990s. so fingers crossed. this could keep going forward. >> what about car sales, looking good? >> car sales looking great as well. i think consumers are confident about the big ticket purchases. in january we saw a 14% increase versus january of 2012 as far as vehicle sales are concerned. about 1 million vehicles sold. analysts expect about 15 million vehicle sales this year. i think the big story this year will be pickup truck sales. lots of increased demand there. that's very strongly tied to construction. as we see more housing we're going to s
john brennan faces his confirmation hearing as proposed head of the cia. he is described as a chief architect not only of the drone program, the targeted killing program but also these new cyber rules of engagement. speaking to reporters overseas the defense secretary warned very publicly of the rising threat and the implications if the u.s. fails to take the initiative. we don't have that sound right there. what secretary man pan has said on countless occasion is he's warned of a cyber warfare specifically the targeting of the u.s. infrastructure. the power grid, the banking system and done so in a way that it would cripple the u.s. economy and we have that sound byte now. let's listen. >> we are living in a world now where we are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. this is the whole new battlefield. you can use cyber to basically take down our power grid system in the united states, you can taous cyber to take dow use cyber to take down our government si systems our banking systems. >> it's almost a one-two punch where it's there is a cyber attack and coupled with an explosi
of justice will come into play during the thursday's confirmation hearings for john brennan, nominated to become the next director of the cia. two voices i want to bring in. we have cnn senior legal analyst jeff toobin here sitting with me in new york and in atlanta, tom juneau, esquire writer at large. tom, let me begin with you. you and i have talked multiple times about drones, ad nauseam about your piece in "esquire" last july, you write about anwar al awlaki, his son who you call collateral damage. in learning of this sort of secret memo coming about, was there anything in it that surprised you? >> yeah, a few things. number one, you know, this is the -- we're familiar with the sound of the administration speaking to us about these -- about this program. they have justified it in various different venues. but this is the sound of the administration speaking to itself. and when the administration speaks to itself, it gives itself even more power than i think than anybody thought. it sort of -- it is a hypothetical situation it describes. it keeps on describing an informed high leve
transparency about the strikes and expected to press josh brennan, the architect of the drone policy. during his confirmation hearings tomorrow. meanwhile, with billions of dollars in crippling budget cuts that go in effect march 1st, president obama urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: what exactly is the sequester? if you think as the federal budget as a t-bone steak, it is like a butcher's knife loping off a big piece, a trillion dollars worth of domestic spending, what experts call the worst way to deal with the budget. they dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. in a few hours the president will announce his pick to replace ken salazar. she is sally jewel, maybe a familiar name for a lot of people on the west coast, ceo of the outdoor equipment giant rei recognized for her support of habitat conservation as well as outdoor recreation. savannah? >> chuck todd is the nbc white house correspondent and politic
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